God’s Justice and Mercy

There seems to be a common misconception regarding the nature and characteristics of God when viewed in the Old Testament as opposed to the New Testament. Many seem to believe that the God of the Old Testament was a vengeful, punishing God, bent only on justice. They also believe that the God of the New […]

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Presuming Too Much

There is an interesting passage that is found in the middle of the giving of the Old Law in Leviticus 24, in which a situation arose prior to God giving specific instruction on how to handle it (Leviticus 24:10-23). A young man, who was the son of an Egyptian man and an Israelite woman, blasphemed […]

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In the News: Was Jesus Married?

There was an interesting article in the New York Times, September 18, 2012, entitled:  A Faded Piece of Papyrus Refers to Jesus’ Wife. The article begins by trying to establish a contradiction between scripture and history, bolstering the argument by citing an “expert” in the field. Here is the opening paragraph: A historian of early […]

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Ezekiel’s Responsibilities…

The first three chapters of the book of Ezekiel chronicle Ezekiel’s commissioning by God to be a prophet. There are some interesting parallels that can be drawn between Ezekiel’s responsibilities and the expectations that God has for His people today. There are also some interesting parallels between the people that Ezekiel was sent to prophesy to, and […]

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The Stagnant in Spirit

As we have been studying Old Testament History, we have come to the time of the prophets. Recently, we have been looking at Zephaniah, and I noticed a particularly interesting verse. In chapter one, as Zephaniah rebuked the people of Judah for their disobedience before God, he expressed one condemnation that seems a bit different […]

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Who Are My Mother and My Brothers?

This morning in our Adult Bible Study, we are planning to study a couple of the teachings of Jesus in the gospel of Mark. One interesting passage, that I believe needs to be given more study by many in the Lord’s church is found in Mark 3:31-35. As Jesus was teaching, His mother and brothers […]

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Sold to Do Evil

As I was studying for our Old Testament History Bible class, I came across a very interesting verse that I have read before, but it never really struck me the same way before. In 1 Kings 21, the account of Ahab and Jezebel stealing the vineyard of Naboth is revealed. After Jezebel succeeded in having […]

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Faltering Between Two Opinions

This evening in our Old Testament class, we will be studying what has become one of my favorite passages:  I Kings 18:17-40.  In 1 Kings 18:21, Elijah challenged the children of Israel.  He asked them how long they would falter between two opinions.  What “two opinions” where they faltering between?  Serving Jehovah God, or serving […]

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But God Told Me…

There is an interesting account revealed for us in 1 Kings 13:1-34.  Jeroboam was given the northern kingdom of Israel following the division of the kingdom due to the sin of Solomon and the lack of wisdom on the part of his son Rehoboam.  Jeroboam had been promised the kingdom, comprised of 10 tribes, and […]

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God Hates Divorce!

I have been studying Malachi 2:10-17 for our adult Bible class on Sunday.  It is amazing to me to study these problems among God’s people so long ago, and realize that people have not changed much over the last 2500 years!  Malachi presents lessons (perhaps more than any other “minor” prophet) that can be applied […]

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